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Treats in store for Halloween tricksters

The Union staff

It will be cool and possibly showery this Halloween weekend, but even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, there still will be plenty for Halloween revelers of all ages to do.

Be prepared to be scared at the second annual Spooktacular Haunted House in Lake Wildwood, running Thursday through Saturday.

The Lake Wildwood Recreation Department is hosting a haunted house with the help of Talon Construction. The overall theme this year will be “A Glimpse into Insanity.” The Haunted House will run from 7-11 p.m. all three nights, and the cost is $4 per person. A waiver must be signed at the door for children younger than 10r.

The annual Safe Trick-or-Treat, a Nevada County Halloween tradition and put on by the Grass Valley Downtown Association, will be Friday. Bring your preschooler and trick-or-treat with the local merchants, who will be dressed in costumes and handing out treats from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don’t forget to stop by the Center for the Arts at 314 Main St., for the “Read to Your Child Halloween Book Giveaway.” Your child will be able to take home a free book (English or en Espanol), be given a personalized book plate, watch a puppet show, visit with the Grass Valley Fire Department, and sip some hot chocolate.

“Read To Your Child” is sponsored and supported by the Community Support Network of Nevada County, Child Abuse Prevention Council, First 5 Nevada County, Friends of Nevada County Libraries, Gold Country Kiwanis, Grass Valley Center for the Arts, KARE Crisis Nursery, PARTNERS Family Resource Centers, Rotary of Grass Valley, Safe Schools Healthy Students and Starbucks.

The Grass Valley 4-H Club is hosting a Haunted House to benefit the Nevada County Food Bank from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“Voyage from the Edge of Starvation” will be at the “Y” at the intersection of Highway 174 and Brunswick Road. Cash donations or a non-perishable food item will be accepted for the food bank. The Haunted House is recommended for children older than 6.

Come to the Nevada County Fairgrounds for some Halloween fun from 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Rain or shine, in costume or in street clothes, there will be fall festivities and activities for all to enjoy.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served, and Running for Cover will provide live musical entertainment. There will be treats for the kids and a cupcake walk, as well as costume and scarecrow contests.

Nevada County Ag Youth Boosters, which supports youth in agriculture, will provide games at the event, as well as host a silent auction. Grass Valley Rotary Club will be hosting its annual community Ball Drop, which raises funds for local youth and senior organizations.

For $5 a ticket, you get the chance to win $1,000. For tickets, contact any Grass Valley Rotary Club member, call (530) 271-5544 or e-mail

The cost for the Halloween event at the fairgrounds is $5 per person; tickets can be purchased in advance at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, at the Grass Valley and Combie Road Citizen’s Bank branches, or at The Book Seller in Grass Valley. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event at the Fairgrounds. Visit http://www.Nevada for information or call (530) 273-6217.

The ghosts of Bridgeport return for Halloween at the Bridgeport Fall Festival being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Yuba River State Park.

There will be live music, living history characters, wagon rides and barn tours, crafts, face painting, a “mountain men” encampment, gold panning, pumpkin painting and games for all ages. Parking and admission is free, although donations are welcome.

Dr. Mortis’ patients rise from the dead at Mortis Manor haunted house this Halloween.

The haunted house runs from 6-10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, at the LOVE building at Condon Park in Grass Valley.

Advance tickets, available at the Grass Valley Raley’s, SPD Markets, Citizens Banks, Brighton Street Market or from Lions Club and Nevada Union Drama members, cost $6 or $8 at the door.

There will be free candy on Halloween night and a free zombie show every half hour. Friday is student night.

Go to or call (530) 272-0554 for information. Proceeds benefit the Grass Valley Hosts Lions Club, Nevada Union High School Drama Department and other organizations.

Parental supervision is recommended for children younger than 8.

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